Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA) Research Pilot Grant

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Applications for this Grant will be Accepted from May 1, 2024 to August 1, 2024

This document provides an overview of this grant. For complete instructions on applying, please see the Detailed Instructions. For submission instructions and SAEMF policies, visit How To Apply. For answers to other common questions, visit our Grants FAQ or email


Purpose of the Award

The SAEMF/GEMA Research Pilot Grant awards $10,000 over a one-year period starting July 1 to support a junior researcher in the field of international emergency medicine to enter a mentored project in collaboration with an international partner or partners. This grant is meant to support the travel costs of the awardee as well as minor direct research costs to allow for field participation in a project.

Expectations of the Award

This grant is not intended to support an independent research project, but instead to support the applicant's role in a larger or existing project related to international emergency medicine/global health in collaboration with an international partner or partners. The mentor is expected to have an ongoing or planned project in global/international emergency medicine that requires participation of a junior researcher.  The grant may support sub-studies, adjacent studies, and studies that build on prior work (e.g. a registry) conducted by the mentor.

The SAEMF/GEMA Research Pilot Grant awardee is expected to:

  1. Attend the SAEM Annual Meeting during the award year.
  2. Submit interim and final progress reports in accordance with SAEMF instructions.
  3. Submit an abstract reporting the results of the research project for presentation at the SAEM Annual Meeting. As the selection of research abstracts is a competitive process, acceptance is not assured.
  4. Publish a manuscript (first-authored by the awardee) arising from the project in a peer-reviewed journal within two years of completing the award.

Eligibility for the Award

An applicant for the GEMA Research Pilot Grant must:

  1. Be a member of SAEM in good standing at application deadline and during the entire award period.
  2. Be a member of GEMA at time of application and during the entire award period.
  3. Have an advanced/doctoral or terminal educational degree (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DSc or equivalent).
  4. Hold a university appointment in or be actively involved (e.g., have an adjunct appointment) with a department or division of emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine at the start of the award period. The applicant may work as a clinician at an institution other than the host institution or the institution at which the project will be conducted.
  5. Be an early career researcher, defined as completing initial residency training within eight (8) years of the start of the award period. SAEMF will consider requests for exceptions to this requirement for various reasons, including but not limited to medical concerns, disability, and active-duty military service. Each of these requests is reviewed on a case by case basis, and must be made prior to the application deadline. SAEM will approve an automatic extension of one year for childbirth within the early career period. All extension requests must be made to before the nomination deadline. Fellowship training does not affect the requirement for defining an early career researcher.
  6. Have not received an SAEMF GEMA Research Pilot Grant
  7. Be considering a career in academic emergency medicine with a focus on global health.
  8. Identify an existing or planned project in which the applicant will participate and which will require travel abroad for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Full Eligibility Criteria, Detailed Instructions, and Additional Information for SAEMF Grants can be found here.

Updated March 15, 2023

2024 Grantee

Read more about Dr. Megan Rybarczyk and her research project "Acute Coronary Syndrome in a Pakistan ED: Risk Factors and Clinical Pathway" here!